‘Resident Evil: Retribution’ Set Photo Confirms Lickers

Published 3 years ago by , Updated February 10th, 2012 at 12:33 pm,

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Resident Evil: Retribution is redefining the term “interactive filmmaking” right now. It seems that the cast and crew of the fifth installment in the popular video-game-turned-movie franchise are embracing this brave new world in which movie productions are an open book to the public (See: the productions of The Dark Knight Rises and The Avengers). Instead of letting the paparazzi and amateur snoops get the glory for snapping a behind-the-scenes look at their film, the Resident Evil team are bringing the fans directly into their filmmaking experience.

Franchise star Milla Jovovich has been the one leading the free marketing charge for Resident Evil 5; in just the last week we’ve seen assorted set videos and photos that Jovovich has been tweeting, including a look at fan-favorite character Ada Wong (Bingbing Li) in full costume.

Today, however, it’s not Jovovich who is giving us the goods (mind out of the gutter, fellas) – it’s actually returning cast member Boris Kodjoe (Undercovers) who is sharing his time on the set with the public – and in doing so, has (inadvertently?) dropped a nice tidbit of information that longtime fans of the Resident Evil games will love to hear: we’ll be once again seeing the dreaded “Lickers” in Retribution.

Check out Kodjoe’s tweet and accompanying grainy image of a Licker claw, below:

I’m here people! Night shift once again on RE5. Yeah! Bring it. Here’s the real size claw of the ‘licker’, chillin’.

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“Lickers” are a breed of bizarre mutant creatures that have evolved as the Resident Evil video games have released subsequent installments. The basic design is a four-legged beastie covered in what looks like skinless muscle, with exposed brains where their eyes should be, big fangs and (as seen above) claws – and of course, the elongated tongues that are their namesake. Anyone who has played a Resident Evil game knows just how big of a pain in the ass Lickers can be – especially when they ambush you and the tongues start flying.

Seeing that claw photo, one would expect that we’re going to see some truly freaky onscreen versions of the Lickers in Resident Evil: Retribution – hopefully a much, much, better translation than some of other big beasties from the game have had on their journey to the screen (Nemesis, anyone?). The Lickers made a brief appearance near the end of the first Resident Evil film – but again, hopefully they’re better realized in this new installment.

Resident Evil: Retribution will be in theaters on September 14, 2012. Excited to see the Lickers on the big screen?

Source: Boris Kodjoe via Latino Review

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  1. I could swear that the licker was in the first movie. All well, I have 0 plans to see this one just like I had 0 plans to see any of the others after the second so it doesn’t matter to me.

  2. that looks like the ‘female’ alien from Attack the Block,

  3. The licker “evolved” in the very first movie after killing a major character and absorbing his DNA. The Red Queen said as much (exposition as survivors watched it on video feed). They had to deal with it on the train during the escape and used it’s tongue against it.

  4. The last movie was so bad I turned it off 15 minutes into it.

    Later I resumed watching because of Milla. Oh yessss. lol

  5. Hoosierloser, These movies don’t matter to you and you have zero plans to see any future installments yet you had the urge to comment on something related to the movies? Alrighty then.

    • Why of course Manticore, feedback good and bad is what makes the site tick (and provides feedback to the people who make them) There wouldnt be a point to this if it’s to be a unified cheer for every movie released.

  6. If the film has more dangerous lickers and more scary zombies then this might work out.

    The cast seems good and it needs more scares and chills than ever if this film wants to be the best movie in the series.

  7. yes!! the lickers are finally back. in the first movie there was only one licker that was the boss creature. the second movie had 3 lickers in a church. they weren’t in extinction and afterlife. now they’re back for retribution. i’ve been wondering all this when will see the lickers come back? i hope the hunters make their live action appearance on screen

  8. so the lickers are now massive? cos that’s a pretty big claw? I’m excited but at the same time I don’t know how I feel… I didn’t like how the games created giant nonsensical monsters in the newer ones so I hope the movies don’t get too crazy like that >_<

  9. i love resident evil!!! is the best movie!!! of the world!!!

  10. Welcome back LICKERS,i never thought i could see it again rather i was looking forward to seeing some goddanm giant froggies but it was very wise of the movie makers to bring it back.


  12. wot the hell is wrong with you people u get given control of the movie example who went in and the story line they do wot you want them to and you still hate the movie about give it a chance it hasn’t even come out and you r saying its s*** there’s just no pleasing you people theres leon, jill, ada and you still aint happy and there doing las plagas theres nothing better really shut up and watch the movie and the last movie made the most money out the franchise and now the fans get there say this movie will be sick and cant wait for september 😀

  13. I just wanna say that milla jovovich is one of greatest actress i have ever seen.
    She is very fine actress and she is my idol.
    I just wait for resident evil rebtribution.